This film centres on the irresistible rise of property speculator Nottola as he makes sure that new public buildings are constructed on his own land.
Hands over the City dramatises an inquiry, the investigators are members of the Naples City Council, who are set in motion (reluctantly, for the most part) by the collapse of an apartment building in a crowded, working–class alley. Did the building fall down, killing two people, because of unsafe work at an adjacent site?
Released in 1963, ‘Hands over the City’ confirmed Francesco Rosi’s stature winning him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. There was an added attraction, too, for the box office, and for the inveterate movie fan in Rosi: ‘Hands Over The City’ starred a Holywood actor, Rod Steiger.
Thursday 3rd April. BFF micro cinema above BX on Donegall Street
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